thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction
I’m looking for high-stakes fiction that moves: clear goals, conflict, strong character development, interesting protagonists, complex antagonists, and situations that drive the story.
I’m particularly interested in nuanced stories with a strong sense of place, where setting and culture shape the characters and influence the beats. As a lover of words and ideas, I want sentences, phrases, and dialog that leap off the page and take root in my mind.
More recently, I’ve developed an interest in working on projects that lend themselves to screen adaptation. In addition to an understanding of story structure, genre conventions, and the market, high stakes, strong character arcs, and attention to setting are a must.
thought-provoking, nuanced, evidence-based academic and subject matter expert nonfiction and narrative nonfiction
In short, I want to work on books that matter, books that help readers see things through different lenses and learn new ways of thinking, being, and interacting.
I’m particularly interested in evidence-based medicine, public health and policy, and anything with an anthropology or sociology bend.
I love working with people who shine a light in dark places and help readers better see, understand, and navigate the world around them.
raw, high-impact, nuanced, and moving memoir
Memoir is nonfiction but deserves its own space because it is one of the most underappreciated and mishandled genres. When done well, it makes us think and feel. It helps us acknowledge our deepest wounds and fears and find the strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
I’m looking for people with those types of stories, people who are willing to go deep and help readers see themselves and the world around them through a different lens.
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, stories and a novella by George Saunders
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
Watchers by Dean R. Koontz
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Joyce Carol Oates
Evolutionary Medicine and Health: New Perspectives by Wenda R. Trevathan, E. O. Smith, et al.
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger MD and Gene Stone
What Stands In a Storm: A True Story of Love and Resilience in the Worst Superstorm in History by Kim Cross
The Politics of Language: Conflict, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism in Comparative Perspective by Carol L. Schmid
Our Inner Ape and The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates by Frans de Waal
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
The Best American Essays, any edition
Righteous Dopefiend by Philippe Bourgois and Jeffrey Schonberg
In Search of Respect : Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois
Human Adaptability: An Introduction to Ecological Anthropology by Emilio F. Moran
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
Rethinking Everything: When Faith and Reality Don’t Make Sense by Tim Rymel
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, M.D.
The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug by Steffanie Strathdee and Thomas Patterson
Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
Educated by Tara Westover
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan